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Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

We're renovating our second floor to bring you a better experience, which means the Libraries and Archives are closed to the public until fall 2017. If you're a researcher who would like to access our resources, send us an email and we'll do our best to assist you.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fifth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fourth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Third Floor

Also on the Third Floor: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Our Second Floor galleries are currently closed for renovations.

Also on the Second Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Parking
Parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays, there's a flat rate of $6 starting at 5 p.m. Park your bicycle in the rack behind the building, next to our sculpture garden.

Shopping
Our Shop offers an eclectic mix of gifts, jewelry, books, clothing, crafts, and foods from around Brooklyn and around the world. Shop hours

Dining
Have small plates, dinner, or drinks at The Norm restaurant and bar, led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton. Or stop by the BKM Café or Bowl. Planning a group tour? Consider a catered lunch for your group.

Rest Rooms
Rest rooms are on the first and third floors (floor plan), are wheelchair accessible, and have baby-changing tables. A family rest room is located just off the main lobby.

Coat Check
A free coat check is available on the first floor, where you can leave any packages, large bags, umbrellas, or strollers.

Wheelchairs
Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the coat check on the first floor. Our entrances and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our Accessibility page.

Strollers
You're welcome to use strollers throughout the building (although from time to time there are certain areas where we might need to restrict their use, on account of small spaces, especially fragile art, or other circumstances). If necessary, leave your stroller at the coat check.

Wireless Access
We offer free wireless access throughout our galleries and grounds. During your visit, we encourage you to switch to wifi (BrooklynMuseum) for faster download speeds. The wireless project was created by the Brooklyn Museum Technology Department, with help from NYCWireless.

Go Mobile
Need information on the go? Planning your next visit? Access www.brooklynmuseum.org from your mobile phone to view our mobile-friendly website.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

We're committed to making our galleries and facilities accessible to everyone.

  • We are fully wheelchair accessible. Check our online and printed floor plan for details.
  • If you need a wheelchair during your visit, they're available for free at the coat check in the lobby.
  • Companions of people with disabilities are admitted for free.
  • The parking lot behind the Museum is fully accessible. There's a free, 15-minute grace period for pickups and dropoffs.
  • If you need an assistive-listening device, they're available for free at our Admissions Desk, on the first floor.

We also offer a wide range of services for our visitors of all ages with special needs.

  • For those who have low or no vision, guided visits that include verbal descriptions can be scheduled for both adult and school groups, with advance notice. We also offer Sensory Tours, monthly public tours designed to accommodate and engage both sighted and non-sighted visitors. Verbal descriptions of collection highlights are available via Art Beyond Sight.
  • For those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, American Sign Language interpretation for both adult and school group tours can be arranged, with advance notice.
  • For those with intellectual disabilities or other special needs, we offer specially tailored guided gallery visits to adult and school groups.

We hope that you'll get in touch with us via email or at 718.501.6229 if you have questions about any of the above services, or if you'd like to make advance arrangements.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

No matter what your interest, there's a tour for you:

  • Join our Museum Guides for daily public tours (free with admission) focusing on a variety of themes, eras, and movements in art.
  • Book a group tour for ten or more adults.
  • Explore tours and programs for school groups, all designed to help students and teachers construct meaningful experiences with works of art.
ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the First Floor

Also on the First Floor

  • Admissions Desk
  • Museum Shop
  • Dining (The Norm restaurant and bar; BKM Café and Bowl)

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

By Subway

2/3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. Transfer to 2/3 from 4/5 (at Nevins Street) and B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center). See a subway map. Make sure to check with the MTA for any service changes, especially on the weekend.


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

Check with the MTA for the most up-to-date bus information.


By Car

From Manhattan:

Brooklyn Bridge; left at Tillary Street; right on Flatbush Avenue for about 1.5 miles to Grand Army Plaza; about 2/3 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at the first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue). Or: Manhattan Bridge enters directly onto Flatbush Avenue.

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triborough) to Brooklyn Queens Express (BQE); Manhattan Bridge exit to Tillary Street; left onto Flatbush Avenue and proceed according to the directions from Manhattan.

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Gowanus Expressway (Route 278 towards Manhattan); exit to 38th Street; left on Fourth Avenue for about 2 miles; right on Union Street; 5 blocks to Grand Army Plaza; go 1/2 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue).

From northern or north central New Jersey:

George Washington Bridge/Holland or Lincoln Tunnel to Manhattan; follow directions from Manhattan.

From Long Island:

Grand Central Parkway to Jackie Robinson Parkway; exit at Bushwick Avenue; left at third traffic light to Eastern Parkway; about 3 miles to Washington Avenue. We're across intersection at left.


Parking

On-site parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays there's a flat rate of $5 beginning at 5 p.m.


Bikes

Park your bicycle at the racks behind the Museum, next to the Sculpture Garden. Bikes are parked at your own risk; we don't accept responsibility for vandalism or theft.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
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What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
What is the white line above his butt cheeks? It looks like he's wearing a thong.
In a way, you are right. Nude models would wear these thong-like garments to preserve a bit of modesty or privacy while modeling. This practice varied from artist to artist and model to model. Some did without!
This painting has a metal name plate that reads: "Sunrise 1825 George Inness 1894 lent by the Brooklyn museum." Was it in another museum at some point?
It has belonged to the Brooklyn Museum since 1941, and it was a gift of a private collector.
That label/plate may have been attached if/when the painting was loaned to an exhibition at another museum. I wish I could check, but we do not currently have access to the curatorial files that would outline past loans.
Sometimes, labels like that (especially on the back of a frame or canvas) are left on rather than being removed in order to preserve part of the work's history.
I don't really understand this, could you help me?
Valerie Hegarty created her own painting to look like a landscape by Bierstadt, and then she deliberately damaged and distressed it.
Bierstadt's work was designed to encourage excitement about westward expansion in the late 1800s the frontier was seen as a land of opportunity.
So the artist has deliberately damaged her work, as if the painting has been exposed outside for a long time and destroyed by the nature?
That's definitely one way to think about about it, all landscapes change over time. It might also be suggested that we can think about what massive western expansion and settlement have done to the landscape.
Hegarty is also asking us to think about the ways that all kinds of American Dreams have been changed and challenged over the past 100-plus years. 
What was he trying to represent?
This artist was inspired by Native American, African, and Oceanic art. He wanted to convey transcendent spiritual truths.
The title is "Amaranth."Amaranth is from an ancient crop originating in the Americas, can be used as a high-protein grain or as a leafy vegetable, and has potential as a forage crop. have been important in different parts of the world and at different times for several thousand years.
What can you tell me about this painting, it's amazing.
You may have garnered this from the label, but with pieces like this American artists were trying to give American viewers an opportunity to "see" a place that was distant from them and different from their own world view/world experiences.
The degree of detail in this painting and fidelity to what the artist observed on his travels (always allowing for artistic likeness, artists always choose what to show us) demonstrated the artist's training and skill.
The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw.
It would be worn in a community performance to reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history and to honor their ancestors.
Young men and women would have to learn about their family heritage and go through initiations...they then have the right to perform wearing it.
Stacy Tolman was based in Boston when he painted this, and he liked to depict artists and musicians at work. The setting is most likely the studio he shared with another artist. 
Artists in the 1880s often decorated their studios with beautiful objects that they had collected on travels, to show that they were very cultured, and other interesting things that they might want to use as props in their art. For example, there's an Asian parasol on the wall in this scene.
Westerners (including Americans) were very interested in Japanese art, in particular, during this time. You will see other Asian-inspired furniture and objects near this painting.
What do the branch of lilies represent?
That is such a beautiful painting of St. Catherine
Lilies traditionally represent purity in Christian art of the Western world. In this work, lilies were a particular "attribute" of St. Catherine, something she was often depicted with.
She had a vision that St. Dominic (the founder of the Dominican order of nuns, which she belonged to) appeared to her, holding a lily that was on fire but never burned.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.